27.03.2015
13:55

Chartered Insurance Institute Museum

Address:

20 Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HY

Phone:

020-7417 4417

Website:

www.culture24.org.uk/se000233

Opening times:

By appointment only, Mon–Fri 9:00–17:00, closed bank holidays

How to get there:

Tube: Bank/Moorgate/St Paul’s

Entry fee:

Free

This small one-room museum on the 2nd floor of the Chartered Insurance Institute is dedicated to the early history of firefighting and the birth of accident insurance. The room is decorated with murals by C. Walter Hodges illustrating the themes of fire, marine and life insurance and displays early firefighting equipment, including hand-drawn fire-engines, fireman’s helmets, leather buckets, axes etc. There is a large collection of fire-marks of the early fire brigades, which were operated by insurance companies and would only fight fires in properties which bore the company’s mark.

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